A 16-year-old boy is lucky to be alive today after he was brutally stabbed six times in a case of mistaken identity.
Calvin Lynch was knifed in the chest, spleen and hand when a group of men attacked him in a friend’s house in Portlaoise.
He was asleep on a couch in the sitting room when the men attacked him on Thursday night.
Today his distraught mother Marcella said it is a miracle Calvin is still alive.
“He has never been in trouble in his life. He is so young and quiet,” she said.
“You are in bed and you think everything is okay, and the next thing you get a call in the middle of the night telling you to go to hospital,” she added.
Detectives say Calvin is not known to gardai and they believe he was in the wrong place at the wrong time.
His mother said Calvin has been left traumatised by the shocking attack in which the attackers rampaged through the house in the Hillview Estate in Portlaoise at 11.40pm last Thursday.
He had been spending time in a friend’s house when the gang burst into the house. The reason for the attack is still not known.
Calvin was rushed to Midlands regional Hospital where he has been treated in intensive care for wounds to his chest, spleen, diaphragm and hands since the stabbing.
“He has been lefty traumatised by what happened. He is very weak and is connected up to all different machines through his nose, chest and arms,” said Marcella.
“We are taking it day by day, and don’t know when he’ll be allowe home,” she added.
“It’s a living nightmare. I just hope it doesn’t ruin the rest of his life,” Marcella explained.
Garda sources said the attack on the football-mad teen was particularly brutal.
“We are lucky this isn’t a murder investigation,” they said.
“This young lad has no previous history with the gardai and appears to be completely innocent,” they added.
Calvin begged the gang to stop as he fought-off his attackers, and Marcella said doctors told her he had just one pint of blood left in his body when he was rushed to the hospital.
Marcella, a mother-of-three, lost a baby to cot death six years ago.
“Calvin tried to put his hands up to protect himself, that’s how they got injured. He was screaming that he was just a child but they would not stop,” she said.
“All you have to do is look at him to see how young and innocent he is,” she added.
“It’s terrible seeing him in the hospital bed with tubes coming out of him.”
Marcella said Calvin’s brother Rio went to see him in the hospital but ran out crying when he saw him in the bed.
Calvin will soon have to be transferred to St James’s Hospital in Dublin to have surgery on the tendons in his hands that were torn as he tried to defend himself from the frenzied attack.
Gardai have appealed for anyone with information on the attack to contact them, and Marcella has urged gardai to hunt down the attackers.
“What sort of a person does this to somebody. They must be deranged. Animals isn’t the word for them,” she said.